A local councillor has thrown his support behind proposals to erect a traffic-light junction on a busy Mearns street. King Street in Inverbervie – part of the A92 road network – is one of the busiest trunk roads in the Mearns and is currently serviced by a pedestrian zebra crossing.
Following a fatality at the crossing in 2014, however, there have been increased calls to substantiate public safety and erect traffic lights in the town. Mearns Councillor Leigh Wilson has been leading on the issue and has given his full support to the cause, pledging to apply pressure to make the project reach fruition.
“We have seen an increase in the number of cars using this road and the current zebra-crossing really isn’t enough of a deterrent to slow the general movement of traffic down. Some discourteous motorists just ignore it while others, because of the low-level sun at certain times in the day, struggle to see pedestrians waiting to cross. There was, unfortunately, a fatality at this crossing in 2014 and I have been contacted by numerous residents who have told me they don’t feel safe crossing the road.” He said.
Aberdeenshire Council has reacted to the concerns of the community and will soon be conducting surveys into a number of crossing points in Aberdeenshire. King Street in Inverbervie, however, is one of the most crucial roads in the local network and at peak times attracts more traffic than Allardyce Street in Stonehaven.
Cllr Wilson added: “Given the speed that traffic often comes through Bervie, it is simply an accident waiting to happen and so it is essential that this project is given the green light to make the Royal Burgh safer for both pedestrians and motorists.”
Commissioning the surveys is Martin Hall, Strategy Manager at Aberdeenshire Council, who said: “A number of potential crossing points are due to be surveyed in the coming weeks and the outcome of these surveys will determine if certain proposals will be progressed and how they will be prioritised.”